A long-time college and high school skiing coach, Nick Stagers returns for his eighth season as an assistant coach of the Saint Michael's men's and women's Alpine skiing programs in 2019-20.
While extending its program record to eight consecutive seasons with at least one NCAA Championship qualifier, Saint Michael's Alpine skiing sent a record five competitors to the national meet in 2018-19, matching crosstown national heavyweight University of Vermont: Guillaume Grand '19, Colby Jordan '20, Emilia Laffin '20, Anna Willassen '20 and Ben Throm '22. Grand finished out his career with his third All-America finish, recording his 44th and final top-10 placement in 56 starts. His fourth-place showing was the best ever by a Purple Knight at NCAAs, and landed him on the All-America first team. As a team, the Purple Knights were 13th out of 24 schools with 72 points, just shy of school records set the previous year. Members of the program cracked the top 20 on 43 occasions during the season, with Grand, Jordan and Throm all finishing among the top eight in the men's giant slalom victory at the season-opening Saint Lawrence University Carnival. Grand podiumed five times and Throm once, as the Purple Knights scored enough points to place among the top five in 12 events. The men were also third out of 14 schools during the slalom at the NCAA Championship. Five Purple Knights later competed in the prestigious U.S. Alpine Tech Championship.
Alpine skiing sent four competitors to the NCAA Championship in 2017-18: Grand, Willassen, Danny Duffy '18 and Meggane Grand '18. Thanks single-handedly to the Alpine squad, Purple Knight skiing finished a program-best 12th at NCAAs, besting the 1988 team's mark by one spot, while scoring a record 73 points. Between Alpine and Nordic, Saint Michael's took seventh at the EISA Championship, its best since the league's modern era began in 1993-94. Four more skiers - three men and one woman - narrowly missed the cut for NCAAs, as Purple Knights scored NCAA points 73 times and cracked the top 20 on 48 occasions during the season. Guillaume Grand and Willassen podiumed once apiece, as MacLeod's teams scored enough points to place among the top five in 18 events.
Saint Michael's sent three Alpine skiers to the national meet in 2016-17: Guillaume Grand, Willassen and Mathias Grimsrud '18. Grand was among the top 16 in both events, and he repeated as an All-America finisher by taking 10th place in the slalom. Grimsrud was 15th in the same event, finishing 0.79 seconds short of Grand. The Purple Knight trio single-handedly pushed Saint Michael's to a 15th-place showing, matching the previous year's team for the Purple and Gold's top performance at NCAAs since 1988. Three others - one man and two women - narrowly missed the cut for NCAAs, as Saint Michael's skiers scored NCAA points 74 times and cracked the top 20 on 47 occasions during the season. Grand put in three straight podium performances in the slalom to begin the season, and Willassen podiumed in the GS during the UVM Carnival, becoming the first female Purple Knight to do so in the modern era of the EISA. Between the Alpine and Nordic squads, Saint Michael's extended its streak to 16 consecutive carnival finishes of ninth place or better, including three straight seventh-place showings mid-season. The Purple Knights had never placed as high during the EISA's modern era. Saint Michael's scored enough points to place among the top five in 14 events, including as the men won the slalom portion of the UVM Carnival.
Meggane Grand, Guillaume Grand and Torjus Grimsrud '19 qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2015-16. Guillaume Grand was among the top 12 in both events, with his ninth-place showing in the slalom producing the first All-America finish in the history of skiing at the College. The Purple Knight trio single-handedly pushed Saint Michael's to a 15th-place showing, the Purple and Gold's top performance at NCAAs since 1988. Two other Alpine men narrowly missed the cut for NCAAs for the Purple and Gold, whose skiers scored NCAA points 51 times and cracked the top 20 on 33 occasions during the season. The Purple Knight men's team scored enough points to place among the top five on nine dates, including a second-place performance in the slalom portion of the Bates College Carnival.
In 2014-15, Fredrik Sandell '15 qualified for the NCAA Championship for the third time. His 19th-place showing during the giant slalom was the best ever by a Purple Knight male in that event at the national meet. In late February, the Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to place ninth at the EISA Championship, their highest finish since 2006-07, to continue a run of four straight ninth-place showings, their best since 2008-09. The men took top-five team scores twice, including finishing third out of 13 teams during the slalom at the EISA Championship. Purple Knight Alpine skiers placed in the top 20 on 20 occasions.
In 2013-14, Purple Knight men and women combined for 17 top-20 finishes, including Brad Farrell '16 claiming 19th place in the slalom at his first NCAA Championship. The Saint Michael's men placed among the top five in a pair of events.
During the winter of 2012-13, the Purple Knight men finished among the top five in an event three times. All told, Saint Michael's men and women individually placed in a race's top 20 on 22 occasions. At season's end, Sandell qualified for his second straight NCAA Championship.
Stagers served as the Alpine skiing assistant coach at Bates College for the 2006-07 season after he held the same position at Colby College during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
Stagers' coaching experience dates back to 2002, as he has coached men's and women's junior and high school-aged skiers at Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Winter Sports Club, Carrabassett Valley (Maine) Academy and Gould (Maine) Academy.
Most recently, Stagers worked between 2010 and 2012 at the Killington Mountain School, at different times coaching men, women and juniors. He served as the head women's coach during the 2011-12 season. Stagers also worked at the Stratton Mountain School from 2007 to 2009, where he was the men's coach for a squad that competed in International Ski Federation (FIS) races. Under Stagers, Stratton was named 2009 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Club of the Year.
Stagers, who began his college skiing career at Saint Michael's, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2004.